KUALA LUMPUR: The unanimous amendment to the federal constitution is a historic moment that reflects the total bipartisan leadership of the political divide, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahatir Mohamad said.
"For the first time in history, we have achieved bilaterality that is complete and this is an achievement for people in Malaysia," he said at yesterday's press conference in parliament.
Dr. Mahatir also thanked all parties, including the opposition, for supporting Pakitan Harapan's second candidate government for amending the Federal Constitution.
"This is a new era in which even the opposition can see the benefit of the government," he said.
Dr. Mahatir said that those who are over 18 years of age who still need to register under the old system will have the right to vote.
"Yes, we will register them automatically," he added.
Asked if there was a need for a two-thirds majority in Dewan Negara, Dr. Mahathir replied that it was not necessary.
In other news, Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who was present at a press conference, recognized the prime minister and ministers of ministers for the successful adoption of the amendment.
"If there are more people who say that a 94-year-old can not fight for the future of young people, let this be a clear proof that in his heart he (Dr. Mahathir) is younger than many of us, including me," he said. .
In other news, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Steven Sim (picture) described a two-way effort to reduce voting age as an "incredible" achievement that all Malaysians should be proud of.
"This is a two-way effort, the Malaysians will remember today because both sides have taken a policy to come together to make an important decision for Malaysia," he said.
Sim also said that amendments that would allow 18-year-olds to have the right to vote could bring some peace in the House.
"It's a good sign that young people get into politics because it will not only enrich the political scene in terms of a debate with a younger perspective, but also when you have younger people in the home, I think parents will behave better. .
"Maybe if we bring children, adults will behave better," he said about the sometimes harsh behavior of MPs.
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